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The song is about one of Jamaica's best singers. Dennis Brown was called "the Crown Prince of Reggae" by Bob Marley, a title he richly deserved. After returning to Kingston, Jamaica, on the evening of June 30, 1999, he was rushed to Kingston's University Hospital, suffering from cardiac arrest. Brown died the next day, and the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung, although his cocaine habit was considered a contributing factor.

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On the day that Dennis Brown's lung collapsed
Spring rain was misting down on Kingston
And down at the harbor, local cops were intercepting an inbound shipment
And for a while there it was chaos

The Mountain Goats - Song for Dennis Brown Lyrics


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  • what a great sad song :)
  • it took all the coke in town.
  • Didn't expect a song for Dennis Brown by the Mountain Goats
  • He says that first line so casually. Sends shivers up my spine.
  • "and when the birds come home to roost, we will fill them with buckshot" top 5 darnielle lyric
  • it's not gonna be much different.
  • I love the way he says "choir." Breathtaking.
  • Neither. A good song, nonetheless.
  • Best song ever? or best song ever?

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